This morning I logged on to Twitter and saw that the #BlackOutTuesday2020 was trending. My first thought was: What the heck is Black Out Tuesday? I scrolled through the tweets and soon learned that Black Out Tuesday is a day that consumers don’t buy at any store except black owned businesses and franchises. The purpose is to impact the economy using the powerful force of people who all have one goal: to stop systematic racism.
Change definitely needs to happen. It is only with the combined power of many can we create change. Discrimination and racism has existed in this country for a long time. Sometimes it is overt racism, and sometimes it is more subtle. Whatever it is, it needs to stop.
Here are the four best reasons why we need #BlackOutTuesday this year:
1–A black man died in this country after being restrained in the neck by a white cop. This is not right. The way that that man was treated is not right. All people should be treated with respect by law enforcement and other people in power. No one should be treated to violence just because of the color of their skin or their societal status.
2–Black people, as well as Asians, Hispanics, and multiracial people, are still undeniably minorities. So, we need to encourage people of color and anyone who supports people of color to stand together. Only by standing together can we change the world.
3–Black Out Tuesday is supposed to bring a stop to the economy by the lack of a combined spending power from its supporters. Only by making big impacts can we expect to see change now and in the future.
4–Black Out Tuesday is also a day to celebrate creativity. On this day, go read a book or watch a movie by a person of color. Or, read blogs, listen to podcasts, and watch YouTube videos by people of color. It is a day when we celebrate the minorities and the disenfranchised people in this country. It is a day when we acknowledge how far we have come because of people of color.
Why do you think we should have #BlackOutTuesday?